In Chapter 5 of Mice and Men, how much money do the men bet on in the tournament? Reflect on the difference between how much money that is today.

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cburr eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Curley's wife tells Lennie:

"They got four dollars bet in that tenement."

Although the bet in the horseshoes tournament seems like a small amount now, consider the fact that the men made only $50 plus minimal room and board for a month of backbreaking work 11 hours a day, 6 days a week.  Other indications of the value of money then were that $2.50 was more than George felt he could spare for a 'flop' at Susy's place, and the fact that they could buy a 10-acre farm for $600.